Two million Londoners experience some form of poor mental health every year and we are passionate about doing something about this. By working with our partner organisations The Dragon Café, Minds@Work, Thrive London, Business Healthy, Business in the Community, Mind and the City Mental Health Alliance. various experts, employers, and those we seek to support we are looking to provide a broad and diverse set of experiences to truly understand what works in the City.
‘Thrive in the City’ is a free programme of events celebrating Mental Health in the City on 27 November 2017 throughout the whole day. Coinciding with the City Mental Health Alliance annual event and the keynote speech by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, we will be providing a range of ‘experiences’ for workers and residents in the City – all free of charge – that supports their mental wellbeing. There are over 1,300 free spaces available to all workers and residents to attend sessions that support every aspect of your mental wellbeing ranging from inspiring talks and workshops to mental health first aid training, tai chi and massage.
Building on the success of The Dragon Café*, a highly successful community well-being hub in Borough, as a team we are passionate about creating a safe space in the City to support the mental health needs of both workers and residents in the City of London and we are aiming to have a fully funded model open and supporting City workers and residents in January 2019.
But before we do that, we need to know what you, our city colleagues and residents want and need. As well as providing the range of free events to celebrate mental health in the City, Thrive in the City provides us with an opportunity to collect the valuable data we need to understand what activities our City workers and residents would value to support their mental wellbeing.
We believe that providing ‘choice’ is an important component to supporting our mental wellbeing. Our focus is specifically around creating ‘choice’ under one roof; to both prevent mental ill-health and to offer it in ways we can support our recovery.
To learn more about the origins of the Dragon Café please click here